Man accused of deadly shooting over prescription drugs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man is accused of shooting and killing Marc Bivins, 25, over prescription drugs in January 2016. 

Michael Woodard faces charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action, and attempting to distribute and deliver a controlled substance. 

Court records say Kansas City, Missouri police officers were sent to the area of 10100 Raytown Road on Jan. 1, 2016. A 9-1-1 caller found an injured man lying on the side of a road. 

The man, later identified as Bivins, was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had been shot in the head. 

Officers found a CVS pharmacy bag near the victim, but they didn’t find a prescription bottle. Court records say KC police determined Bivins picked up the prescription at a nearby pharmacy. A witness told police someone was with Bivins at the pharmacy. 

According to court records, police received an anonymous tip in 2016 that Woodard had used a car in a homicide. The tip also said Woodard tried to burn the car and get rid of it, but he burned himself. 

Kansas City police obtained Woodard’s medial records, which said he received treatment for burns on January 2, the morning after Bivins’s body was found. 

Court records say in March 2018 a witness told police they were with Woodard and Bivins when they went to the pharmacy to pick up Bivins’s Xanax prescription. 

The witness said after leaving the drive-thru, there was an argument over how many pills Bivins would give. The witness said during the argument Woodard reached for his gun and the victim lunged forward when he saw it. The gun went off, and Bivins was hit in the head. 

The witness told police Woodard took Bivins out of the car and left him on the side of the road, according to court records. Woodard then took Bivins’s prescriptions pills and left in the car. 

The witness said later that day Woodard called him to his home. The witness went there and saw Woodard was badly burned after trying to burn the car they were in during the shooting. 

Prosecutors requested a bond of $250,000 cash. 

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